Singh Soomel was gunned down in the middle of Cambie Street, Vancouver
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Sep. 30, 2009
Rajinder Singh Soomel, 35, married and father of a little girl,
was gunned down in the middle of Cambie Street about 10:15 p.m.
on Tuesday. Rajinder Soomel and his brother, (Ravinder Singh) Robbie
Soomel grew up in South Vancouver, have list of enemies. Robbie
was highly involved in the drug trade and member of gangsters as
the Independent Soldiers
In 2000, Rajinder's home was targeted by gunmen. He and his friend
suffered gunshot wounds in the attack and the police found several
shell casings and an AK-47 assault rifle at the scene. No body was
charged in the shooting. After few days, Gurpreet Singh Sohi, was
gunned down in his Delta basement. Robbie Soomel and Gogi Mann were
Hardip Singh Uppal implicated Raj's brother Robbie in several
murders, including the 1998 assassination of publisher Tara Singh
Rajinder Singh Soomel:
- RCMP had set up a sophisticated fake criminal organization
to net Rajinder Soomel to get information about the Tara Singh
Hayer murder case and several other gang slayings from the late
90s. He became a full-time employee of the fake crime group, delivering
and smuggle tax-free booze and cigarettes to various locations
for great profit.
- During this undercover operation and investigation:
- He said many times that Uppal was a ‘rat’ who
double-crossed his brother and testified against him.
- In 2007, he told one of the undercover cops that he intended
to kill Uppal “down the road
- “Every dog has his day, right?”
- “I mean, I just want to see it done, man, and he
wanted Uppal gunned down in the street “to send a message.”
- On Aug. 8, Rajinder said he wanted Uppal killed by making
a throat-slitting motion
- On Aug. 21, 2007, he agreed to pay $20,000 to under cover
agent to kill Uppal. After one week, he provided a photo of
Uppal’s girlfriend and Uppal’s parents’
address and their names.
- The second time, he said that he wanted Hardip Uppal killed
on the street and made a machine gun shooting gesture with
his hands and a gun-shooting noise to send a message.
- He told undercover agents that he wanted to kill the "rat"
who got his brother convicted.
In March 2008, Rajinder Soomel apologized for plotting to kill
Hardip Singh Uppal. The Judge Peder Gulbransen gave him four years
in jail with one-year credit for time served. On July 28, 2009,
he was eligible for day parole.
Hardip Singh Uppal:
- Hardip Singh Uppal became a Crown witness in Robbie’s
trial for the murder of Gurpreet Singh Sohi, who was killed in
- Hardip Singh Uppal said, Robbie Soomel admitted that he and
Daljit Singh (Umboo) Basran were promised $50,000 by the Babbar
Khalsa terrorist group to kill Tara Singh Hayer.
- Tara Singh Hayer, 62, publisher of Indo-Canadian Times was gunned
down on Nov. 18, 1998. He was a prime witness in the Air India
Robbie Soomel, Rajinder's younger brother
- In 2004, Robbie Soomel was convicted in a gang style slaying.
- He is serving a life sentence for Sohi’s murder. He was
already serving time when he was charged with murdering Jason
Herle in a 1997
- During his murder trial, Robbie was implicated by a co-accused
in the assassination of Hayer, even though he has never been charged.
- Robbie was member of gangsters, called Independent Soldiers
- He was involved in the drug trade all the time